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Magazine Monday: 3 from Whistling Shade

January 17, 2011

One has never gotten to the bottom of a grave, one studs Tuesday with jewels, and one memorized her shoes, the way she dipped her toes into a wooden resin box.

If you live in the Twin Cities, keep your eyes open for this:  Whistling Shade is a literary newspaper that takes “a populist approach to literature, and our readers are the general public.”  It’s available free at dozens of  cafes, bookstores, libraries, etc. in Minneapolis/St.Paul.  (So you see, that’s why I recorded at my table in BenLee’s Cafe today.  Free poems!  In public!)

And not just poems.  Every issue has 6 or 8 new ones, sure, but also a neglected classic, a few stories, often a memoir, and several articles of literary history, criticism, and opinion.  My favorite regular feature is “Lost Writers of Minnesota.” Lots of all of these are available online in the back issues.

“The Gravedigger’s Legacy,” by Robert S. King, “Cherry Blossoms in Darkness,” by Lyn Lifshin, and “Water Feet,’ by Rachael Lyon are all in the Summer 2009 issue of Whistling Shade.

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  1. January 17, 2011 11:44 am

    You CAN too! Fun! Thanks!
    The first poem reminded me that in my town years ago there was a gravedigger who had an accident with his equipment while digging a grave and ended up dead in that grave. I’m chilled every time I remember the legacy…
    Thanks for reading and for links!

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